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Financial net firms feel the stockmarket pinch

IFA-loyal internet companies have failed to escape the fallout from the

recent hurly-burly stockmarket ride.

The Exchange, which floa^_ted on the market last summer at the issue price

of 200p, dipped below the 1 level to
a low of 97.5p for the first time

last week.

It is a far cry from December when the company&#39s share price briefly broke

the 400p mark on the announcement that it had entered into a

venture with internet
giant Yahoo.

Interactive Investor, which has more than 8,500 regist-
ered IFAs, has

seen its share price plunge by 73 per cent
to 114p from its high of

415p reached shortly after flotation in February.

Misys dived by 63 per cent from its peak of 1,255p in January to a 52-week

low of 466p in early April but the company has now recovered to 726p.

Software company Lynx, which is buying support services provider Bankhall

in a 114m deal, is currently trading at 194p, which is 48 per
cent off

its high of 373p but more than 1 higher than
its 52-week low of 88p.

DBS&#39 price has also been in steady decline amid renewed speculation that

it may float subsidiary AssureSoft. Its share price stands at 196p after

hitting a 52-week low of 130p and a high of 263p.


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